Friday, 11 January 2019

Tending Your Victory Garden

There is an old proverb:
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Sow a thought, reap an action
Sow an action, reap a habit,
Sow a habit, reap a character
Sow a character, reap a destiny

The question we can ask ourselves is 'what is it that we are sowing with our thoughts?'

If I sow some tomato seeds and carefully water and tend those seeds, I expect to see tomato seedlings emerge. I do not expect to see hollyhock seedlings, or indeed any other type of seedlings emerge from my tomato seeds.

As I water and tend the seedlings, and remove any weeds from their vicinity, I expect these tomato seedlings grow into tomato plants. I do not expect to see them change into carrots or nasturtiums as they grow.

As I carefully water and tend the plants I expect to see tomato flowers form on the plants. I do not expect to my tomato plants put forth roses.

As I continue to water and tend my flowering tomato plants I expect to see tomatoes form. I do not expect to see pumpkins or cashews fruiting on my tomato plants.

What about us and what we are sowing with our thoughts? Do we sow thoughts of lack and expect abundance? Do we sow thoughts of criticism and expect good relationships? Do we sow thoughts of worry and expect peace? Do we sow thoughts of sickness and expect health?

As I was thinking along these lines I remembered that midst the trials and tribulations of World War II the women on the Home Front were called on to create gardens to grow their own food.  Did they call these gardens Battle Gardens. No! They were called Victory Gardens. At one of the darkest times in modern history and while facing the direst of perils, these gardeners focused on victory while acting in a manner that in their way helped create that victory.  "A Victory Garden is like a share in an airplane factory. It helps win the War and it pays dividends too."  — Claude Wickard, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

We too can sow a Victory Garden - in our minds. A garden of healthy, empowering and powerful thoughts based on scripture. If we carefully water and tend these thoughts we will see them empower our actions. From these actions new  habits can emerge. People will see us develop a Christlike character; and just imagine the  God planned destiny we will step into as we tend our victory garden of thoughts.

The Bible tells us in Philippians 4: 8 (NIV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy—think about such things.


  1. That is so right, Sherri. We are what we think.

    1. Yes Chel exactly, as a woman thinketh in her heart so is she. :-) For me I guess the challenge lies in whether I am going to let the weeds overtake my garden of thoughts or whether I am going to cultivate the thoughts which will help me, support me because cultivation is work and effort. Work and effort = time carved out from other pursuits = discipline/consistency.

  2. I really think our thoughts are so powerful, Sherri. I think the thoughts we send out into the world can project a mood or a demeanour or an expectation that can impact how others interact with us and how we interact with them. That can then change opportunities and experiences that may or may not follow. Meg:)

    1. So true Meg and there is a lot of science to back that up.

  3. Nice analogy with the garden plants, and what we expect from certain varieties. The mind is indeed a powerful weapon, or shield - of accepting or blocking reality. Therefore, we should contemplate deeply, how we use it.

  4. Thanks Chris. Good point regarding the mind being a weapon or shield. Our core biases can shield us or prevent us from absorbing ideas and information that can be helpful to us and combined with inertia can really keep us stuck in places and situations where we no longer wish to be. It takes discipline and resolve to develop our minds as a powerful, positive force.